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Romania in Venice. 89 years with La Biennale

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In This Pavilion One Can See Art
Romania in Venice. 89 years with La Biennale

13 October – 3 November 2013
Opening: Sunday, 13 October 2013, 7 pmși, Iaşitex building, 7th floor, B-dul Primăverii no. 2, Iaşi

Workshop with Daria Ghiu:
Saturday, October 12, 12.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m
Sunday, October 13, 11.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

Curator: Daria Ghiu

With contributions by:

Judit Angel, Marius Babias, Club Electroputere, Alexandra Croitoru și Ștefan Tiron, Andrea Faciu, Ion Grigorescu, Mihnea Mircan, Alexandru Patatics, Dan Perjovschi, Maria Rus Bojan & Ami Barak & Bogdan Ghiu..

With the support of:

ASAC - Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee della Biennale, The Diplomatic Archives (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs), National Archives of Romania, The Art Museum in Arad, The National Museum of Art of Romania, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Romanian Artists Union.

On the 1st of June 2013 the 55th Edition of Venice Art Biennale has opened. Inside the Romanian Pavilion, the history of Venice Art Biennale is driven every day, in a project designed by the artists Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş, curated by Raluca Voinea who placed the body in place of the artwork: "An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale". Natural light is allowed to penetrate and draw freely in space - with strong lines, accurate, silently reminding fascist architecture of that Pavilion, built quickly in 1938 after diplomatic efforts of Nicolae Iorga.

On the 19th of June 2013 the exhibition “In This Pavilion One Can See Art” has opened at If in the Romanian Pavilion in Venice the bodies of five dancers were tracing the history of the Biennale, along with them, in Bucharest, the history of the Romanian Pavilion was coming out from official documents found in the archives, photographs, catalogues, articles in local and foreign media, reception books, interviews, unrealized proposals for Pavilion and artworks. To the immateriality from Venice is joining the written sample, the photographic evidence: besides dancers were coming close the massive sculptures, the monumental compositions of the '50s, traditional painting and popular costume, the abstract, the lyrical figurative, decorative art, graphic propaganda, the bust of Iorga, of Carol II, of Marshal Antonescu...

On October 13th, the exhibition in Bucharest transforms itself and opens at Iași. It makes another step. It gradually reconstructs itself, from archival documents, catalos, photos, articles. But it aims to show the history of the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale from within documents, emphasizing certain elements depending on what political, cultural moment Romania currently lives.

We are inviting you to create this exhibition together in a workshop, seeing clearly: what is the history of the Venice Pavilion? What are the sources of this history? What do the archives offer and how to act today with all this material? How to "browse" inside an archive? How to establish the importance of a document? What attitude do you have regarding oral testimony? How to structure a body of text, images contained in the period 1906-2011? What to do with so-called "dips" from Romanian history at Biennale? What work methods do you adopt?

Daria Ghiu (born 1983, Bucharest) is a PhD fellow at the Swiss Institute for Art Research (Zurich) within the Focus Project `Venice Biennale` and a PhD student at the National University of Arts in Bucharest, with a thesis on the history of the Romanian Pavilion. In 2008, she has been an art mediator for the art biennial Manifesta 7 in Trentino, Alto-Adige, Italy.
She is an art critic, writing for different cultural magazines and art magazines such as Arta, IDEA arts+society, Igloo, Art Press, Turn On Art. A Global Vision on Contemporary Art). Since 2008 she is a permanent collaborator at the Romanian Cultural Public Radio, focusing on the local contemporary art scene.

An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale Bucureşti - In This Pavilion One Can See Art